Men’s health

Health

For men, maintaining good health involves much of the same advice that’s given to women: eat a healthy, low-fat diet; watch your cholesterol; exercise regularly; manage your stress; and avoid smoking. While heart disease is a serious threat to both sexes, it usually affects men much earlier. Some diseases may be more common in men, simply because of lifestyle differences. For example, men tend to drink more alcohol, and spend more time in the sun, leading to increased risk for liver disease and skin cancer. At the same time, differences in anatomy mean you also face unique conditions, such as prostate cancer, varicose veins of the testicles, ‘jock itch,’ and inflammation of the penis. Still other ailments which are considered ‘women’s diseases’ can, on occasion, strike men: these include breast cancer, osteoporosis, and eating disorders. Because these conditions are rare among men, the symptoms may go unrecognized. In addition, men are less likely to visit a doctor than women. This is probably a result of cultural stereotypes, which encourage a man to endure discomfort without complaint. But it’s important to listen to your body, and seek medical advice when something’s wrong. Prompt attention could allow you to detect a deadly disease while it’s still treatable. For more information on men’s health, consult a doctor near you.

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